Floella Benjamin

Lady Benjamin was raised to the peerage as Baroness Benjamin, of Beckenham in the County of Kent in 2010. She is affiliated with the Liberal Democrat party.

She rose to prominence in the 1970s when she was a presenter of several well-known children's programmes on the BBC.

She runs the London Marathon to raise funds for Barnardo's and the Sickle Cell Society. She is a cultural ambassador for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

In July 2007 she spoke of what she saw as the low standard of children's television. She features in the BBCs CBeebies animation Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies.

She was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in 2001. At that time she was chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

She has also won a Special Lifetime Achievement award from BAFTA. She was chairman of the Women of the Year Lunch  for five years and a Millennium Commissioner. She is president of the Elizabeth ’R’ Commonwealth Broadcasting Fund and a governor of the National Film and Television School.

She was a governor of Dulwich College, where her mother once worked and her son attended. She is a Vice-President of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

In 2006, she became an honorary graduate of the University of Exeter and was awarded the degree of Hon D.Litt (Exon) for contributions to the life of the United Kingdom. 

She succeeded Lord Alexander of Weedon to become the Chancellor of the University of Exete, became Governor, Dulwich College 2001-; A Member, Content Board, Ofcom 2003-06. In 2008 she was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London and in the 2010 Dissolution Honours List announced on 28 May 2010 she was appointed a Liberal Democrat Life Peer. 

Currently, Baroness Benjamin serves on the Communications Committee.

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW

Tel: 020 7219 8901

Email: benjaminf@parliament.uk

Website: www.floellabenjamin.com